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60 percent of Knitting Factory damaged by fire, water and smoke, investigators say

Fire investigators were on scene Wednesday morning, trying to determine what started a fire that heavily damaged the Knitting Factory Concert House and caused smoke damage to several other business on the block. (CBS 2 News Staff)

Two of three popular venues hope to be open for business today after a fire Tuesday damaged a building in the BoDo district of downtown Boise.

Fire investigators were on scene Wednesday morning, trying to determine what started a fire that heavily damaged the Knitting Factory Concert House and caused smoke damage to several other business on the block.

Owners of the Ha' Penny Pub and the Bonefish Grill hope to back open for business today (Wednesday), all that's needed is for Idaho Power to get power back up in the buildings. The reopen date of the more heavily damaged Knitting Factory remains unclear.

Several other small businesses are also waiting for power to be turned back on Wednesday.

The fire was first reported around 5 p.m., and burned in the wooden floors and wall spaces between the first and second floors of the building. Investigators haven't been able to pinpoint exactly where the fire started, but smoke could be seen spewing out from the building as it burned.

As many as 50 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire. Three people inside at the time were treated for smoke inhalation, then released. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, said a spokesman for the Boise Fire Department.

The Lizzo concert planned for Sep. 13 has been moved to the Revolution Concert House.


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